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Title:
The iron flower
ISBN:
9781335917393

9781489267375
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Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
597 pages : map ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Sequel to: The Black Witch.
Summary:
"Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University, led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed. Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves, even if that means protecting them from herself."--Amazon.com.
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Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.



Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.



While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University...led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.



Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves...even if that means protecting them from herself.





Critics are raving about Laurie Forest's incredible debut, The Black Witch :



"Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice." -- Booklist, starred review



"Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review



"This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

In a world where magic powers and race determine one's fate in life, Elloren Gardner has it rough: though she is part of the ruling Gardnerian class, granddaughter of the all-powerful and extremely controversial Black Witch Carnissa, she herself has almost no magic. Though she is sent to university to try to develop what little magic she may have, her scheming Aunt Vyvian's real plan is to handfast Elloren to Lukas Grey, a powerful Mage, for political alliance purposes. However, Elloren has instead fallen in with a group of outcasts: winged Icarals, despised Selkies, wayward dragons, shape-shifting Lupines, and more, and feels more alliance with these persecuted classes than with Gardnerian Mages. The romance elements heat up as Elloren must deal with her attraction to both hated Lukas Grey and mysterious Yvan Guriel Myriad. Complicated plot twists and a huge cast of characters will likely limit readership to series fans, but those fans will be delighted and begging for the next title and the cliff-hanger ending promises us there will be one.--Debbie Carton Copyright 2018 Booklist